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2008 Saturn Astra Hatchback

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Vroom my Saturn Astra
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By LG313
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2008 Saturn Astra Hatchback XR 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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First I want to start off saying I love this car. In 2008 I got my first car straight off the ship from Belgium with 12 miles on her. Eight years she was reliable and mostly unique. No-one knew anything about this car. The lack of finding parts for it was a huge setback for me. It was made for one year. It had many features that you won't find on the road anywhere else. The acceleration was also tricky. Sometimes it would go other times it would take a minute to hiccup. When it went it went fast. The handling was insane. It would hug every corner so smooth. For eight years maintenance became easier as parts started coming around and being more accessible. The think you need to know. This was my first car. The only car I drove. On a frightfully raining morning last month my car went to the great garage in the sky. I want everyone on this forum to know this car saved my life. The side airbags were amazing. This car took on a full sized F150 and here I sit. The adjuster couldn't believe it and the tow truck driver couldn't believe it. I never had confidence in the safety because it was so small. Do hot under estimate this car. On the other side. Yesterday received a paper saying there's a recall on the airbags for not deploying. Deploying too hard. Or spewing metal fragments when deployed. Keep that in mind. The steering wheel airbag never deployed for me. It probably should have. I had five out of ten deploy. Do not overlooks this gem. It was and always will be my favorite. I miss it!


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Been Good
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Dan R
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2008 Saturn Astra Hatchback XR 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought the car in January 09. I have over 125k on the car. Overall its been a great car. Handling, braking are really good. Off the line it's ok, but get it on a back road and its a blast. Parts availability is ok, most parts store have most things in stock, but I usually order from rock auto and have them put on. They unfortunately haven't held there value, but that just means you can get a good deal on a used one. I would recommend this car to anyone in the market for a car.


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Astra review 2015
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By BC
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2008 Saturn Astra Hatchback XR 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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2008 Saturn Astra
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By blakeschneider
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2008 Saturn Astra Hatchback XE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased a Saturn Astra in July 2008 because it was 0% financing and we needed a small car for commuting. The sunroof and heated seats were an unexpected bonus for the price. We had the car 1 month when the transmission created a problem and needed to be replaced. I told the dealer that this was unacceptable and I wanted a new car. Without arguement they said ok. I said my wife hated the red and would like a blue one. They said ok. In all my life I have never had a more positive consumer experience. We have had this car for 6 years and never had any mechanical issues. It has 150,000 kilometers and we have not even replaced the brake pads or mufflers. Great car.


Best Features

Sunroof and heated seat


Worst Features

More horse power would make it a lot more fun but not a deal breaker.


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100K mile test Astra XE 5-door AT 2008
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By rook119
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2008 Saturn Astra Hatchback XE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Price new: $13,500 - bought winter 08 when the economony blew up and GM was giving cars away.

The car was made in Belgium, with German parts and an Aisin (Japanese) transmission. So unlike other Saturn/Opels the car thankfully wasn't Americanized with things like overly spongy suspensions. So the car is manuverable and a blast to toss around. I think its still arguably the best looking subcompact on the market.

Its really the best affordable European car on the market still today.

Really if you can get this car at about 75K miles and about $6-7K I would highly recommend it.


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Pros: Reliablility has been very good - Engine Coil ($550) and belt tensioner ($300) were the only problems (also changed brakes at 85K). Despite being a rare car in the US parts are relatively cheap. As said before the car is so fun to drive. The engine (1.8 130hp) is powerful for its class. Steering is responsive + the seats are firm and comfortable. No cheap plastics in the interior. I get 25/31mpg on LRR tires and flat Maryland roads.


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Cons: My biggest complaint is that there is no auxillary jack for mp3s and if you swap out the stereo you lose the center console computer and OnStar if you'd want it won't work. 4-speed AT is reliable but will get lost if you floor it. Cup holder is hard to reach (they sell center consoles for the car for around $100-150 if it bothers you).


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